15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 11.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Safaris
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Photography Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, thenbrowse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, thenstroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip builder site.

Getting from Uvita to Playa Samara by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, thenstroll through Monkey Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling

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